After our lunch at Azure, we started driving back to Dubai. We stopped in Umm Al Quwain, at the legendary Barracuda, which is a liquor store located near the beach in the middle of nowhere, next to a resort with the same name. The prices are much lower here, than in the liquor stores in Dubai, and many Dubai expats take the trip to Umm Al Quwain, whenever they need to stock up on all things alcohol.
Barracuda has been around since 1994, and it looks like business is good these days. The store and the surroundings have undergone a major overhaul and looks much nicer than it did at our first visit some 10 years ago. The parking lot was crowded with cars with Dubai registration plates, and a new restaurant called Thunder Road has opened next to the store. It is Italian owned, and very popular, but we were lucky to snatch the last vacant table before a line started building up. We already had lunch, but the pizzas looked so good, so we decided to share one with bresaola and ruccola. So delicious! A great way to recharge before driving back.
Close to Barracuda, you drive by an old, abandoned IL-76 plane. Previously, you could get really close to the airplane and take some really great photos, but it is not possible anymore. Though if you drive slowly, you can still get some really nice shots from the road.